Drury GO Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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Explore criminal investigation and conviction. As you learn about the causes and prevention of criminal behavior, you’ll become equipped to make your community a safer place.

This degree will prepare you to work in community, social, or correctional agencies so you can apply what you learn to real problems.

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The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice requires 24 credit hours of coursework.

Program Overview

The field of criminal justice examines the environmental, psychological, and biological causes of criminal behavior, the social institutions that deal with crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and how crime can be prevented.

Criminal justice professionals commonly work for academic institutions, law enforcement or other government agencies, and correctional facilities.

In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

Career Information

Jobs in criminal investigation are projected to grow 2.5% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $81,920. The average wage for criminal investigation occupations in Missouri specifically is $70,860.

You can earn your Bachelor of Criminal Justice through Drury GO to increase your professional opportunities. An Associate of Criminal Justice degree gives you the solid foundation to pursue jobs in fields like:

  • Law enforcement
    • Projected growth: 0.2%
    • Median annual wage: $55,760
  • Private investigation
    • Projected growth: 7.9%
    • Median annual wage: $50,090
  • Court reporting
    • Projected growth: 7.0%
    • Median annual wage: $57,150
  • Social work
    • Projected growth: 11.5%
    • Median annual wage: $49,470
  • Probation officer work
    • Projected growth: 3.3%
    • Median annual wage: $53,020
  • Legal support work
    • Projected growth: 12%
    • Median annual wage: $50,940

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